Sunday, November 27, 2011

Pet hoarding a growing problem


TORONTO - Mattie purrs and shuts her eyes for a nap as she feels human fingers nuzzle the top of her head.
The roughly 10-year-old brown and grey tabby is surprisingly calm around people after she was found in an abandoned shed in the Hwy. 401-Islington area along with a 15 other cats in May. She was pregnant at the time and the Etobicoke Humane Society staff brought her and her kittens into the shelter.
“She had seven molars extractions,” said Kathy Phillips, the foster co-ordinator of the EHS, as she held Mattie in her arms. “They were bad infections which affected her temperament and her ability to eat. She had surgery last week. She’s also had upper respiratory problems.”
Cat hoarding is a growing problem not only in the GTA, but throughout Canada.
Animal hoarding involves keeping higher than usual numbers of animals as domestic pets without being able to properly take care of them. Often, the person involved or “the hoarder” will deny their inability to take care of these cats..."  More

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